10 Amazing City Squares or Central Plazas in the World

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Almost every major city is blessed with a huge public square or central plaza that serves as a commercial and socializing place. These squares or plazas are mostly surrounded with shops,  cafes and restaurants that attracts citizens or tourists from around the world. The main concept or construction of these squares is usually the same around the globe but still every square has its history and story. Here is a list of some 10 amazing city squares or plazas around the world that stands most worthy to be mentioned in this list and they will surely catch your eyeballs or may be entice you to visit them once.

 

 

10. Piazza Del Campo, Siena, Italy

 

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Piazza Del Campo is Europe‘s greatest medieval city squares located in the center of the  Siena, Tuscany, Italy. This amazing square has gained popularity for its beauty and incredible architecture. It also serves as the venue for the famous horse race that take place twice year which creates an exciting environment of enjoyment and celebration in the square. The key highlights of this square are the Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia, and the various palazzi signorili that surround this shell shaped plaza.

 

 

9. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

 

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The Tiananmen Square holds the title of being the largest not only in China but also in the world. This square is located in the capital city of China that is Beijing that also makes it the most visited attraction of the city. One can spot many Soviet style monuments and government buildings that are surrounding this square. The key highlights of this square are the flag and 4 marble lions in the front of the gate of the square. This square also gained popularity because of the deadly massacre of 1989.

 

 

8. Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

 

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The Grand Place or the Grote Markt is the most renowned tourist attraction of Brussels, Belgium. The square is also listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by the City Hall and The Breadhouse. The most remarkable even of this square is the time of August when an enormous flower carpet is created in the Grand Place for a few days and this only happens once in every two years.

 

 

 

7. Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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The Plaza De Mayo is the square of historical importance in Buenos Aires, Argentina as it was named after the May Revolution of 1810. The square is surrounded with numerous important landmarks of the city including Casa Rodasa, Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires, Cabildo and the Pirámide de Mayo.

 

 

6. Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic

 

 

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The Old Town Square is located in the Old Town section of the Czech capital of Prague. The square accommodates many architectural wonders like Týn Cathedral, Saint Nicholas Church and the most important the Astronomical Clock. The main activity that attracts loads of visitors in the hourly puppet shows that are put on in the city center. The main tower at the Old Town Hall allows its visitors to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Old Town.

 

 

5. St. Peter’s Square/ Plaza De San Pedro, Vatican City, Rome, Italy

 

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Plaza De San Pedro or better known as the St. Peters Square is kind of a surprise as it is counted as one of the world’s largest squares and is located in the world’s smallest state Vatican City or we should say country. It is basically located in the front of the renowned St Peter’s Basilica church. Well, the whole square is a highlight but what catches the eyeballs is the  Egyptian obelisk standing in the center of the ellipse.

 

 

4. Trafalgar Square, London, UK

 

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Trafalgar Square is the most popular landmarks of London and it remains lively 24 hours of the day. This square has got a central monument which is a tall column on which the figure of Nelson stands looking over London and its is surrounded by four colossal lions and many breathtaking fountains that add beauty to this square.

 

 

3. Red Square, Moscow, Russia

 

 

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Whenever someone starts a tour of Moscow, the Red Square remains on the top of their itinerary and the reason behind this preference is that it is surrounded with beautiful architectural wonders including Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and even one of the Kremlin’s long brick walls. It is called the Red Square not because of the red color of the bricks used as the name was derived from he Russian word “krasanya” mean either red or an archaic term used for “beautiful”.

 

 

2. Djemaa El Fnaa, Marrakesh, Morocco

 

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A Moroccan vacation is incomplete without half of the day spent at Marrakesh‘s Djemaa El Fnaa Square. The square always remains in carnival mood regardless of any hour of the day but the excitement take s a whole new level in the night. It has many shops, restaurants and cafes that serves as the hangout place for the tourists and citizens of Marrakesh.

 

 

1. Times Square, New York, USA

 

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So the number one position goes to one and only Times Square located in the most famous city of the world that is New York. It is considered to be the most happening square in the world with loads of bars, pubs, restaurants, showrooms, theaters and much more. It is the pride of Manhattan, New York and even the whole of USA. It remains crowded and remains lit with lights and LED screens all over. We can even bet over the fact that you may even don’t want to return to your place once you visit this amazing square.

 

 

 

 

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